Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film Raksha Bandhan, which releases on August 11, addresses the malpractice of dowry and even suggests a solution. During his promotional tour in Kolkata on Monday, Akshay said, “Raksha Bandhan talks about the problem of dowry and also offers a solution in our own small way.”
Directed by Aanand L Rai, Raksha Bandhan revolves around Raju (Akshay) who wants to marry off his four sisters. He visited Kolkata with his onscreen sisters — Sadia Khateeb, Smriti Srikanth, Sahejmeen Kaur, and Deepika Khanna. “The film is all about that. It talks about the problem and its solutions. It is up to us what to take from the film.The audience can relate to what we have tried to convey through this film, which is not intended to give any message. But I can surely say at least 10 families will oppose the dowry system after watching this film,” the Airlift actor said.
When asked if women always need a brother to protect them, Akshay said, “I have made many films where women’s power has been shown. I have had experiences where I have witnessed women power. Scientifically also it has been proved that women are stronger than men. Maybe the audience will get the answer to this question after watching the film.”
Meanwhile, Aamir Khan’s much-awaited film Laal Singh Chaddha is simultaneously releasing alongside Akshay Kumar’s Raksha Bandhan. The netizens have called to boycott both the films. Responding to the cancel culture in Bollywood, Akshay said, “There is nothing to say. What can I do if someone does not like the film? There are a few people who do mischief. That’s okay. It’s a free country so anyone can do anything but I will say any industry, be it a cloth or a film or any other, helps the economy of India. These things (read boycott) do not make any sense. We are all on the verge of making our country the biggest and the greatest. I request them not to get into these things for the betterment of our country only.”
Known as one of the fittest actors in Bollywood, the Rowdy Rathore actor said people should turn their work into passion and enjoy it. “When I go to sleep, I feel the excitement to wake up the next morning and go to the shooting floor,” he said.
He also went down the memory lane and recalled how prior to joining Bollywood he used to work in New Market in Kolkata. “I have worked at New Market here for two years from 1984-1985. Today I came to know from my driver that the Globe Cinema has been shut down. I have seen so many movies sitting there. It’s very sad,” he said.